Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ohio Genealogy: Obituaries from the Firelands Pioneer

According to the Huron County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Firelands Historical Society, Norwalk, Ohio, published the Firelands Pioneer from 1858 - 1937. The early issues hold a valuable source of early history about the Firelands area and its early inhabitants. The index for the obituaries which were listed in the 1857 -1909 issues of the Firelands Pioneer is available for $5.00. If you are interested in purchasing the Firelands Pioneer Obituary Index, contact information is given below:

Firelands Historical Society

P.O. Box 572
Norwalk, OH 44857
Telephone (419) 668-6038

(Located at 4 Case Ave. Norwalk, Ohio)

The Firelands Pioneer contains articles about the early settlers of the Firelands, what is now known as Huron and Erie County. (Portions of Ottawa County were also included in the Firelands.)

Issues of the Firelands Pioneer, along with its index and separate Obituary Index, can be seen at most public libraries in Northern Ohio, as well as at the library of the R. B. Hayes Presidential Center.

Some, but not all, issues of the Firelands Pioneer, can be found at the Internet Archive as well as at Google Books. The obituary of Datus Kelley is found in the June 1866 issue of the Firelands Pioneer.

Visit this Ohio Tourism site to view the tombstone of Datus and Irad Kelley.


Linda Hughes Hiser said...

Some day I hope to get to the Hayes Library in Fremont. I have been saying that for over a decade now. There is undoubtedly material on my husband's Ohio roots there. This Fireland's info I am tucking away. Thanks for sharing this information.

Dorene from Ohio said...

Every time I go to the Hayes Presidential Center, my heart starts beating fast!(And I have been there many times.) It is such a wonderful storehouse of information. The grounds are beautiful, and the library is free. There is also a nice DVD that plays in a loop, with lots of biographical information about President Hayes, in the room adjacent to the gift shop. You would have a wonderful time if you ever get the chance.